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Legislators in the Connecticut State House and Senate have proposed legislation that will significantly impact sexual harassment cases and sexual harassment training requirements. Although the proposals differ slightly, it is clear that legislators are seeking to expand sexual harassment training, including requiring employers to train non-supervisory employees. One proposal also seeks to extend the limitation and deadline periods for accusers to bring complaints before state courts and the CHRO.

The proposal pending in the Senate is titled "The Time's Up Act." The proposal, which is a clear response to the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, purports to be the "Largest Overhaul in Connecticut History of Sexual Harassment Laws." The Time's Up Act proposes the following changes:

bluebuffWILTON: A Connecticut startup and success story Blue Buffalo Pet Foods [NASDAQ:BUFF] is reportedly being sold to General Mills [NYSE: GIS]to buy pet food maker Blue Buffalo for $8 billion in a cash transaction

Headquartered in Wilton the company founded in 2002 has 1,700 employees primarily in manufacturing in plants in Indiana and Missouri.

The company reported said 4th quarter profit of $53.6 million, 27 cents per share, earnings, adjusted for pretax gains and non-recurring gains, came to 24 cents per share and revenue of $337 million in the period, which also topped Street forecasts.

For the year, the company reported profit of $193.5 million, or 97 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $1.27 billion.

ENFIELD exterior JUNE2014
After $38 million in improvements just three years ago Mass Mutual is leaving its Enfield location and consolidating operations across the border in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD: MassMutual Insurance is consolidating its operations in Springfield and a new $2500 million facility on Boston’s seaport. The company says the consolidation will result in a total investment in Massachusetts its home corporate location, of $300 million.

The Springfield corporate office will see 1,500 over the next four years to reach more than 4500 jobs there, and 500 at the Boston location.

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Washington – A massive budget agreement that aims to prevent a federal government shutdown at midnight contains a provision that would save Newman’s Own from a thorny tax problem that threatens Paul Newman’s iconic food company.

“This is not a tax break for Newman’s Own. It is simply legislative permission for us to continue to exist, compete, innovate, create jobs, and pay our business taxes like any other company, while at the same time donating 100 percent of our profits to charity,” said Bob Forrester, president and CEO of the Newman’s Own Foundation.

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Under President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American Executive Order,” H-1B petitions are facing heightened scrutiny. U.S. employers may notice an increase in requests for further evidence and, possibly denials, from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).[1] In addition, government site visits are expected to increase five-fold to confirm the veracity of  H-1B petitions. While the USCIS has heightened its scrutiny, foreign nationals can still qualify for the increasingly narrow H-1B category. To do so, the employer must understand the type of positions that qualify for an H-1B visa and describe the requirements for the position with specific, yet limited degree requirements, choose the most accurate prevailing wage category and wage level, and,  present evidence that the position and the foreign national qualify for an H-1B visa.[2]

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 Connecticut gained 6,000 non-farm jobs in December, but its unemployment rate remained constant at 4.6 percent, the state Department of Labor reported Monday.
Over the 2017 calendar year, non-farm employment grew by 7,700 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

The jobless rate reflects not only those employed, but also those deemed to be actively seeking employment.


HARTFORD: Good news finally for employees of Hartford based insurance companies. First off some ready money as both The Hartford [NYSE: HIG] and Travelers [NYSE:TRV] are giving their employees bonuses of $1,000 each if they earn $75,000 or less annually. The companies have cited the passing of the new US tax reform package as the motivation for their bonus plan.

The best news however came from the CEO of CVS, Larry Merlo that his company which was acquiring Aetna, saw Hartford as the “center of excellence for insurance,” he suggested that future growth was possible in Hartford for the company, rather than a relocation of headquarters personnel to New York City. In $500 Million for Bertolini But Aetna May Not Make Big Apple Move soon after the merger announcement this space predicted that the frugal Merlo would dispense with the NYC move.